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This is spherepiece living in Jurong West. I am a UndergraduateI like to hang out in Arab Street, Chinatown, City Hall. Vietnamese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Hong Kong/ Cantonese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Café, Rare gems and Sushi/Sashimi, Zi Char, Ramen, Pannacotta, Vietnamese Beef Pho.
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Categories : Teochew | Porridge/Congee


Piping hot teochew muay with a scrumptious spread, your best substitute for rice.

 
Add a little understated jazz in your dinners this week with teochew muay paired with tasty dishes - think: your usual tze char, but with a lighter and healthier twist. Friends who are looking for Chinese-based cuisines and a homely comfortable atmosphere, this is your pick. ChaoZhou Porridge is air-conditioned and serves an extensive range of dishes that goes really well with porridge. Each of them is quite large in its serving, and you can easily pick one or two and have your fill.

 
Located along River Valley Road, ChaoZhou Porridge (潮粥糜) is a fantastic corner for you to recharge for the week. Its incredibly homely and air-conditioned atmosphere (read: haze-free!) sets for a good reunion and friends gathering, with the anticipation of Chinese food without all the usual oily grime in the air. Despite its small space, all the round tables are positioned with adequate distance from one another, allowing for cozy conversations within your own table.

 

 
True to the versatility and flexibility of Chinese cuisines, ChaoZhou Porridge tosses in a variety of cooking methods in their menu with cold appetizers, steaming, braised, deep-fried and boiling. This means there will be something that fits your mood no matter what. Of course, their Chaozhou signature porridge is done to this plain humbleness to complement the tasty dishes. Don't underestimate the boring-looking Cold Bean Curd with Preserved Radish (SGD4.80), its gentle savoury sauce and smooth beancurd accented with nuances of saltiness from the radish provides an easy initiation to the meal. I would imagine it being a hit across ages. The Big Sotong (SGD6.90) was a clear winner on the table, being swept away quickly the moment we picked up our chopsticks and demanded for a second serving. Why, its pillowy bite is just too addictive and together with its spicy chili soy garlic sauce - it is simply kickass. Recommended starter to go with your teochew muay.

 

 

 
Their Clams (SGD6.90) were especially flavoursome, a little drowning in sauce, but you always have your plain porridge to back you up on this. My favourite of the night goes to the Minced Pork with Black Beans (SGD4.20), which appeared spicy but it's not, the beans flavour are well mixed with the pork, which makes it very appetizing. I could totally eat an entire bowl of teochew muay with this alone... without hesitation, order this! Their Radish Omelette (SGD4.50) is expectedly yummy (I mean, omelettes. Who don't love these?) so I guess it's good to order since everyone is likely to enjoy it.

 

 
The Braised Delight (SGD16.90) is a hearty platter of pork belly, duck, large pig intestines, beancurd and taupok, which will probably be ideal to order for a bigger group because everyone gets to share a bit of this feast! Their Steamed Mullet Fish (subjected to seasonal prices, ask before ordering) tasted like the oceans as the chefs took special care to ensure its freshness during the cooking process. Somehow it doesn't appeal to me because it is a tad too plain in taste as compared to the rest of the side dishes.

 
The dessert representative were these Crispy-fried taro rolls, which were unfortunately not sizzling hot as we had wished it was fresh off the stove. Nevertheless, the taro filling was sticky and starchy with a good generous dose, and edged nicely on the level of sweetness.

Best of all? ChaoZhou Porridge is opened from 10.30am to 5am, which means only one thing... NEW SUPPER PLACE! You are welcomed, fellow night owls!

Visit www.amiehu.com for more delicious adventures!
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Sep 02, 2015 

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Singapore: Ippin Cafe Bar Smile Sep 29, 2015   
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Categories : Japanese | Bars/Lounges | Café | Sushi/Sashimi


This delicious Japanese cafe bar serves you rice sets, oysters and imported booze.

 
Introducing Ippin Cafe Bar, a Japanese cafe bar that prides itself on providing different nooks for both indoor and outdoor dining that ultimate creates an intimate place for dates or small group dinners with your friends. A project that is undertaken by the hardworking and capable Ayumi Fujishiro, also known as the chief cheerleader of Ippin Cafe Bar, she aims to deliver dishes 'better than mom's home cooked food'.

 

 
Originating from Chiba Prefecture, Yakisoba is the Japanese staple that is doused with savoury sauce. It is an easy, straight-forward enjoyment, nothing fancy but still delicious. The Yakisoba set (SGD12) is the unassuming choice.
Yakisoba set comes with yakisoba, kobachi and matcha pudding.

 

 

 
Richly flavoured, the deep fried oyster set (SGD24) exudes a homely feel with the fragrance of the Nikujaga pork and potato stew wafting around the moment it is served. The oysters are also lightly battered to ensure a thin layer of crispiness on the outside and juicy oyster meat on the inside.
Deep fried oyster set comes with rice (with barley), 6pcs deep fried oysters, Hatcho miso soup, Nikujaga pork and potato stew, salad and matcha pudding.

 

 
The Oyakodon set (SGD15) features especially oishii chicken boiled with the dashi stock and egg on rice, which makes for a wonderfully comforting dish and generously proportioned too! I would imagine this is the one I would order when I am here.
Oyakodon set comes with chicken and egg rice, miso soup, and matcha pudding.

 

 
The crowd-pleaser goes to the ginger pork with rice set (SGD15) which reflects how the syoga-yaki (fried ginger pork) is immensely popular in Japan too! This is the tried and tested successful formula that whets the appetite. The pork is thoroughly marinated with sweet soy and ginger, which is just perfect to re-create this homely dish, just better.
Ginger pork with rice set comes with rice (with barley), ginger pork, Hatcho miso soup, salad and matcha pudding.

 
One of their unique desserts is the hojicha pudding which is really lovely to have, smooth texture with a refreshing tea taste with a little malt feel. If you drop by Ippin, try this too.

 
If you like oysters, Ippin Cafe Bar has them too, goes beautifully with their hand-picked premium selection of sakes and beers - check out their collection!

 

 

 
The owners of Ippin Cafe Bar personally selected their favourites to bring it all the way from Japan's top prefectures to this little corner in Singapore - be sure to try their tsutsmi brewery plum wine kurahachi umeshu - 720ml (SGD29) which is particularly unique, which is lighter than normal wines, with a hint of sour plum that is quite addictive! It functions as an appetiser drink meant to stimulate appetite and promote digestion. Their range of craft beers are different from elsewhere too - Waku Waku Hyajumangoku Beer Koshihikari/ Pale/ Dark Ale (SGD9) and Waku Waku Granagri (SGD9).

 

 

 
For those who love Japanese-imported merchandise, Ippin Cafe Bar has a boutique section for you to shop too! These are carefully chosen - in particular, check out their hojicha tea packs!
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Aug 25, 2015 

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The ramen everyone swears by Smile Sep 27, 2015   
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Categories : Japanese | Hotel | Ramen

 
My search for ramen has gone on for too long to go back to the basic tried-and-tested ramen place everyone loves. Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, also known as 'the ramen place near Tanjong Pagar MRT', 'the one at the hotel', et cetera et cetera. In any case, here I am.

 

 
I get why everyone likes it. It has the most basic of what a ramen place should have - the choice for how thick you like your broth, how hard you like your noodles, and all the add-ons you could have. Oh yes, and it is attuned to the Singaporean palate sort of ramen broth, not too thick nor salty, reaching this well-rehearsed perfection. It's your no-nonsense, reliable ramen.
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jul 28, 2015 

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Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza Smile Sep 24, 2015   
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Categories : Italian | Restaurant

 
Equilibrium is different. Taking on an avant-garde approach to their culinary aspiration, Equilibrium is set to realize an extraordinary experience for diners. Feeling adventurous and waiting to be surprised? You've come to the right place of the Capitol Piazza.

 

 

 

 
This Italian restaurant is tucked away at the quieter end of Capitol Piazza, which brings you into a rare, serene corner of the city. Equilibrium's leaden-grey interior exudes a sense of stability and grandness that is unmistakable, set amidst details such as hand-picked Oriental centerpieces from far-flung cities.

 

 

 
Innovative delicious drinks from Equilibrium abound. Refresh your tastebuds with The Earl (SGD8), concocted with earl grey tea, hints of rosemary and yuzu. The Earl doesn't impress on the first sip, but the gradual infusion of rosemary enhanced the taste amazingly. On the other hand, The Chrysanth (SGD17) transformed something as dainty and simple as chrysanthemum flowers into something very layered. Choose The Chrysanth for a blend of chrysanthemum tea, tequila blanco, cointreau, dehydrated chrysanthemum, lemon and fresh chrysanthemum flowers (yes, it's alcoholic). Delve into a darker bourbon drink with the Smoky Nectar (SGD18), which comprises a medley of muddled raspberries, raspberry nectar tea, and smoked hickory wood. Newfangled, yet much less promising in taste than the other two.

 

 
Featuring Pugliese grilled skewers of pork belly hand, the La Bombette (SGD9.5 per skewer, minimum order of 2) are savoury bites that are served with a delightful mixture of grated parmesan, oregano and chili flakes. They are made especially delicious with the spicy garlic lemon dip provided.

 
The Caesar with Salmon Salad (SGD15) is definitely the best healthy camouflage, but truly far from it.. check out its sinful ensemble: sliced smoked salmon, romaine lettuce, garlic crostini, crispy bacon bits, shaved grana padano with sous vide egg and homemade dressing. This must be the ideal salad I would build myself.

 
If you're craving for a seafood choice, grab onto this gorgeous plate of Calamari Alla Griglia (SGD15). A flounce of citrus air, mint butter, and fennel chili elevates the grilled squid and plays on several different flavours on the tip of the tongue. It came at a smaller than desired portion though.

 

 
The Panelle (SGD12) drew inspiration from Sicilian cuisine - these crunchy fried fritters made from gram flour were paired with a vibrant cucumber salad and two choices of sauces. First, the mango chutney left a deep impression with its playful fruity taste. The other spicy garlic aioli easily whets the appetite and makes for a good complement. Highly recommended!

 
Coscia Di Pollo Arrosto (SGD24) is a classic dish of herb-infused roasted chicken leg with potato and vegetable ragout which was less exciting than the others but nevertheless, well-executed and a happy portion that is sufficiently filling.

 
My favourite of the night goes to the Risotto Al Funghi E Mais Mushroom and Corn Risotto (SGD24) - a lot went into this darling of a risotto to create the taste, including rich chicken broth as the base, sweet corn, farm mushrooms, pepperoni piccanto and a generous serving of parmesan cheese. It was finished with cream, butter and shaved grana padano. Lip-smackingly delicious!

 

 
Slices of Italian coppa ham, truffle paste and rucola leaves are sprinkled atop the thin-crusted Sull'Imbrunire, At Dusk (SGD27), which is possibly the most value-for-money given how the chefs created their pizzas with hand-opened bases. They are indeed perfectionist in their pursuit of great pizzas.

 

 

 

 
Equilibrium's desserts are highly amusing and fun - the Deli Dolce (SGD21) is presented as a charcuterie board with four items masked as different forms of meat: the caramelized onion chocolate caramel jelly with whiskey was a convincing pâté, fruit leathers with pretty golden rims as jamon ham, chocolate as salami, and a cube of bacon jam. Definitely a dinner conversation topic and a memorable dessert to try, however I found that this unconventional dessert may not satisfy your sweet tooth.

 
Then, they presented to us this winner of a dessert - the Watermelon Carpaccio (SGD14) created from compressed watermelon with milk cheese foam, brown butter dust, mint basil gel and watermelon sorbet. I would surely recommend this to anyone looking for an ace to end your night perfectly. The texture of compressed watermelon is quite out of the world, a little slippery, yet retaining a shadow of its original juicy crunchiness. You've just got to try this for yourself.

 
Equilibrium has their own bespoke bar, so yes, drink the night away!
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Aug 20, 2015 

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Blisshouse has always been a familiar name for extravagant event hosting, known for its gorgeous backdrops and white trellis interior. I've always been curious about what cuisine they serve in this gorgeous house, so when I saw Blisshouse listed on The Entertainer, I was thrilled to try their menu out at 2-for-1 prices.

 

 
You can check out their full menu here... not that they only serves pasta, but occasionally when that craving hits, I just got to have it. The best part? I totally don't regret it. Either I was really hungry, or their Mushroom Alfredo Tagliatelle (SGD20) has got to be among the best I've had. I've no idea how they made it, but the proportion of everything was just perfect with the al dente pasta. The Soft Shell Crab Arrabiata Linguine (SGD23.4) on the other hand, was also savoury, tangy and really appetizing... the soft shell crab requires some effort to unravel, but in fact it was quite fresh so it slips out of its shell easily. All in all, at least these two dishes were quite stellar. I wished I had greater appetite to enjoy its other mains and desserts but that'll be left for next time.

 
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Aug 03, 2015 

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